What's your favorite R.E.M. song

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Postby FourLegsGood » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:24 pm

Yeah, my understanding is that Warner Bros were in major transition and leaking talent. They were desperate to sign REM right before New Adventures. After the deal, the record flopped. The band began working on new material but Berry confided in Mills that he was gonna leave. Mills alerted Buck that something bad was coming and the next day Berry made it official telling the group that he wouldn't leave if it meant that they'd break up. They didn't wanna force his hand so they continued.
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Postby FourLegsGood » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:26 pm

I've always thought that the course correction of Reveal came one album too late. If "imitation of Life" came out in '98 it'd would've been a smash but the back to back of Hi Fi and Up was irreversible at that point.
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Postby Clive » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:11 am

Listened to Up for the first time a couple weeks ago and relistened a few times since, and agree w a lot of takes in the past few pages (re: production & all that) but it’s crazy how it feels like they approached songwriting from a completely different perspective on this (ie melody and song craft), it’s as if the people who wrote/performed this album had even never heard IRS era REM and were influenced solely by Bacharach/Brian Wilson/whatever the latest electronic pop was in ‘98 (st Étienne? AIR? Cardigans? I don’t know why this is the only stuff popping in my head rt now, but I feel like a lot of this is r derivative of other stuff at the time).

Sometimes feels like M.Stipe doing guest vocals on another artist’s album.

That all being said, “You’re in the Air” is one of the most beautiful songs they’ve ever done. Those string arrangements just kill me.
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Postby gordie blue eyes » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:20 am

yeah i can't really ride for aukerman's tracklist as it doesn't include you're in the air. how are you gonna leave off you're in the air
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Postby gordie blue eyes » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:52 am

does anybody have anything at all good to say about reveal? it struck me while listening to it again for the first time in a decade that it could very well be the worst one
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Postby DasLofGang » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:59 am

I really like I’ve been high

imitation of life on the other hand I find fluffier and more cloying than shiny happy people, and it’s the one supppsedly salvageable song that people actually like
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Postby Mr. Towel » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:24 pm

Kind of can't believe Aukerman likes Reveal more than Up. Didn't see that one coming. Is there a chance he somehow finds a way to appreciate AtS?
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Postby laserblast » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:36 pm

gordie blue eyes wrote:does anybody have anything at all good to say about reveal? it struck me while listening to it again for the first time in a decade that it could very well be the worst one


http://forums.hipinion.com/viewtopic.php?p=7147993#p7147993
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Postby light rail coyote » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:49 pm

I'm so far behind on this dang podcast
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Postby Thalidomide » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:09 pm

Aukerman always seemed to like the most bland late-period U2 stuff. It makes perfect sense that he'd like Reveal. He's an old boring guy who's into 'songcraft.' Wouldn't shock me if he floats the opinion that Around the Sun is better or more consistent than, like, Out of Time.
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Postby Thalidomide » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:11 pm

Like, he talks about liking the Western-tinged guitar on Reveal and that is exactly what sucks about Reveal.
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Postby Brain Stew » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:37 pm

I love Reveal. Beat A Drum makes me want to cry.
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Postby Clive » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:57 am

Thalidomide wrote:Aukerman always seemed to like the most bland late-period U2 stuff. It makes perfect sense that he'd like Reveal. He's an old boring guy who's into 'songcraft.' Wouldn't shock me if he floats the opinion that Around the Sun is better or more consistent than, like, Out of Time.


Yeah, Aukerman tried to make the argument that a lot of the tracks on Out of Time weren’t technically “songs” and that “Bittersweet Me” (admittedly a great song) was their best since Lifes Rich Pageant. At least (Adam) Scott called him out on that.
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Postby grammatron » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:43 am

So I warmed up to a few of the songs on Up a little individually, but I just couldn't get into the album as a whole. I made it through Reveal once, and I'm not sure I've got the patience for a second listen. Everything sounds the same and it's just so boring.
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Postby gordie blue eyes » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:38 am

laserblast wrote:
gordie blue eyes wrote:does anybody have anything at all good to say about reveal? it struck me while listening to it again for the first time in a decade that it could very well be the worst one


http://forums.hipinion.com/viewtopic.php?p=7147993#p7147993


fun post! this is good rock n roll uhh content
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Postby buriedinspace » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:21 pm

Adam not knowing Indian Summer was a cover on the new one was... interesting.
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Postby Kenny » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:48 pm

Is it wrong that I think Shiny Happy People is my favorite REM song
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Postby badhat » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:53 pm

clearly
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Postby Kenny » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:56 pm

I legit love it. I like the beat the handclaps, the 90s ness of the lyrics and video, how Michael Stipe and Kate from B-52s harmonies sound

Good song
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Postby FourLegsGood » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:56 pm

It's weird to me that the verse so overtly rips off "Mad World" by Tears for Fears
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Postby terminus » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:56 pm

small brain - "shiny happy people" sucks
bigger brain - its a song i guess
even bigger brain - its a good song
galaxy brain - its my favorite REM song
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Postby badhat » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:14 pm

flip 3 and 4
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Postby badhat » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:11 pm

i dont actaully care and i regretted chiming in as soon as i did it.

its not a fave of mine and i can’t relate to it being shortlist, much less #1, but its fine and you do you
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Postby DasLofGang » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:15 pm

I say again: imitation of life is more annoying
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Postby DasLofGang » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:16 pm

THATS CINNAMON THAT TASTED GOOD ugh god
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Postby Kenny » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:20 pm

I have to be honest and say I don't really love REM, I was hoping the podcast would change me to bring beyond a "first couple albums +singles" fan but it didn't really.

I feel like if I was a little bit older and had experienced them as current it might be different
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Postby badhat » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:05 pm

its wild that we have a 6 year 34 page thread abt REM whove been broken up since before the thread started and over half of the posts were in the past year
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Postby buriedinspace » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:11 pm

Stand > Shiny Happy People but both are songs I like.

Imitation of Life doesn't belong in the same convo, it's a decent amount better than either.
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Postby buriedinspace » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:13 pm

Of the ultra popular R.E.M. songs, it's 'Everybody Hurts' that I have a hard time revisiting but I think that's largely just due to the extent of cultural coop of it in movies, TV etc.

'Losing My Religion' on the other hand, still rips.
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